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pawn 1

1. Something given as security for a loan; a pledge or guaranty.
2. The condition of being held as a pledge against the payment of a loan: jewels in pawn.
3. A person serving as security; a hostage.
4. The act of pawning.
tr.v. pawned, pawn·ing, pawns
1. To give or deposit (personal property) as security for the payment of money borrowed.
2. To risk; hazard: pawn one's honor.
Phrasal Verb:
pawn off
To dispose or get rid of deceptively: tried to pawn off the fake gemstone as a diamond.

[Middle English paun, from Old French pan, perhaps of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German pfant.]

pawn′a·ble adj.
pawn′age n.
pawn′er (pô′nər), paw′nor′ (-nôr′) n.

pawn 2

1. Abbr. P Games A chess piece of lowest value that may move forward one square at a time or two squares in the first move, capture other pieces only on a one-space diagonal forward move, and be promoted to any piece other than a king upon reaching the eighth rank.
2. A person or an entity used to further the purposes of another: an underdeveloped nation that was a pawn in international politics.

[Middle English, from Old French pedon, paon, from Medieval Latin pedō, pedōn-, foot soldier, from Late Latin, one who has broad, splayed feet, from Latin pēs, ped-, foot; see ped- in Indo-European roots.]
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able to be pawned
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References in classic literature ?
The trouble with the beginner at the writing game is the long, dry spells, when there is never an editor's cheque and everything pawnable is pawned.
But from the perspective of vulnerable youths perceived as expendable and pawnable, 'belonging' in their family did not avert an even worse form of 'belonging' as pawns.
24, 2008) (unpublished manuscript), available at programs/lawandeconomics/workshops/Documents/Winter2008/miles.pdf (finding that "pawnshops increase crimes in which pawnable goods are taken and that they have minimal effect on other types of criminal activity").